Here, have a picture (the quality is terribly poor)
Ohhh senior year, what is happening to me. I'm starting to become less and less confident with the level of original work i'm producing. I don't mean that the technicality of my pieces are poor, but teachers have redundantly repeated "this doesn't look like your own" enough times i'm beginning to question myself. Where exactly am i going with my work? I've always enjoyed experimenting with different mediums, and my style varies greatly depending on the idea i'm conveying. Is this a bad thing? Is it wrong to think differently on each assignment? I see my peers, and understand what my teacher is saying, you all have a distinct way of working, no matter how you choose to work. I can still see that its your art, but not with me it seems. I'm fearful I might never find that comfort zone. Maybe I am too influenced off the amazing work i see everyday, that the honest to goodness voice inside myself has quieted down, and I can no longer hear it. Or maybe I am that one artist who does discard their style like a snake sheds its skin, moving on to the next thing that intrigues me, never really glancing back. Lately I've had the lingering notion that my art has plateau'd, so maybe the right answer is to buckle down, suck it up, and pick something. I certainly can't come up with a conclusion right now, maybe in this case i should just wait it out, see what survives.
I hope this doesn't appear melancholy, it's just a topic that has been recycling through my head all semester, and i felt like i needed to share. The only question i am begging to ask is, how do you separate yourself from your influences and find what is true to you? do you make that conscious decision to draw in a certain fashion, or does it merely manifest itself?